- reddish; ruddy; rosy: a florid complexion.
- flowery; excessively ornate; showy: florid writing.
- Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.
Origin of florid
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Examples from the Web for florid
There are Halo novels, miniseries, and reams of florid fan-fiction.David Fincher and Conan O’Brien: Halo 4’s Secret Weapons
October 10, 2012
The florid brushwork of a Constable gets hypertrophied in Freud, into a kind of gross exaggeration of what unleashed paint can do.Lucian Freud, the Conservative Radical
July 21, 2011
He lacks the magisterial tone of Colm Tóibín or the florid and fertile imagination of Patrick McCabe.Great Irish Adventures
June 9, 2010
In the corridor we were joined by Peggy and the florid young man whom I had seen with her.The Bacillus of Beauty
Her florid face was beaded with perspiration as a result of her efforts.The Law-Breakers
Laurent, who was tall and robust, with a florid complexion, astonished her.Therese Raquin
On his florid, dbonnair countenance was stamped his character of bon-viveur.The Suitors of Yvonne
He was a corpulent, florid man, purse-proud, and self-sufficient.Scaramouche
- having a red or flushed complexion
- excessively ornate; floweryflorid architecture
- an archaic word for flowery
Word Origin and History for florid
1640s, "strikingly beautiful," from French floride "flourishing," from Latin floridus "flowery, in bloom," from flos "flower" (see flora). Sense of "ruddy" is first recorded 1640s. Meaning "profusely adorned, as with flowers," is from 1650s. Related: Floridly.
- Of a bright red or ruddy color. Used of certain skin lesions.